$180,000 for schools and residents affected by wastewater treatment plant

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch
Aug 03, 2022 |

Christchurch residents whose health and wellbeing continues to be affected by the smells coming from the fire-damaged wastewater treatment plant will receive more targeted support.

Christchurch City Council has committed a further $180,000 to provide support for schools, and targeted help for residents still affected by odours from the wastewater treatment plant.

The new wellbeing response plan includes:

  • Extended support for schools and early learning centres, including those in the Southshore and South New Brighton areas, so they can provide activities and events to help children and their families manage the effects of the odour.

  • Discretionary funding to support people affected by the smell to access health and wellbeing supports.

Acting Mayor Andrew Turner said the additional funds will enable the council, in partnership with the Ministry of Education, to extend support to more schools in the area.

“Until now the support has been focused on schools and early childhood centres close to the plant, but we are now further extending our support to education providers in South New Brighton and Southshore.

The funding will also help develop a science education programme for schools, in partnership with the Ministry of Education. This will help students understand how the Christchurch wastewater treatment plant works, and how its operation was impacted by the fire.”

Another purpose of this new response plan is to remove any barriers that people might face in accessing health and wellbeing services.”

On 30 May, the Council approved a $1 million community support package to help residents living in the immediate vicinity of the fire-damaged treatment plant. Part of that package included offering residents within a set geographical area a one-off payment of $200 to help them deal with the impacts of the fire.

The Council has agreed to end those payments to in-zone applicants on Friday 12 August as the uptake has plateaued.

More than 2600 households have received the $200 grant.

Council staff will also report back to elected members with options around a possible free house cleaning service for affected properties, and if an assessment is required on internal property damage due to odours. 

Chris Lynch
Chris Lynch

Chris Lynch is a journalist, videographer and content producer, broadcasting from his independent news and production company in Christchurch, New Zealand. If you have a news tip or are interested in video content, email [email protected]

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